A scientist at the University of California, Irvine will speak to the Botany Society in Borrego Springs November 9 about “Desert Biodiversity and Climate Change.” The talk will focus on our understanding of the interesting life history strategies and physiological syndromes in desert plants. Dr. Huxman’s presentation will start at 10 a.m. at the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center, 200 Palm Canyon Drive 92004. Admission is free, and the public is invited.
Dr. Travis E. Huxman, director of the Steele/Burnand Anza-Borrego Desert Research Center in Borrego Springs, is also professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI. Dr. Huxman studies plant evolution, plant physiology, eco-hydrology and the ecosystem consequences of climate change.
Much of his recent work focuses on how drought structures plant communities and how vegetation change in water-limited regions influences the goods and services provided by natural ecosystems. He embraces a community-engaged approach to studying environmental challenges that involves local communities. He received his PhD in biology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.